Severe weather pounds East Tennessee

12:14 AM, Mar 3, 2012   |    comments
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Courtesy Chaney Swiney


Update 12:10 am

The severe weather threat is over for East Tennessee.

Update 11:00

All tornado warnings are currently expired. Wind advisories and thunderstorm warnings remain in effect for much of the area.

Update 10:24

KUB is reporting 12,426 people are currently without power.

Update 10:07

Storm is currently in Strawberry Plains. If there is a tornado, it could be rain-wrapped. People in Strawberry Plains should take cover now.

Update 10:05

Tornado warning in Cocke County

Update 9:40

Tornado warning in Knox County extended to 10:15


Update 9:20

Tornado warnings Knox, Anderson, Blount, and Roane until 9:45

Update 9:08

TEMA has received unconfirmed reports throughout the night in Bledsoe, Bradley, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Polk, McMinn and Monroe counties. The National Weather Service will determine later if tornadoes actually hit.

Update 8:50

Tornado Warning for Loudon, Morgan and Roane counties until 9:15pm


Update 8:48

Reports are coming in of widespread power outages near Jellico.

Update 7:59

Tornado warning has been extended from Sevier to Cocke County until 8:30pm.

Wears Valley, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg & Sevierville should take cover immediately.

Update 7:13

Blount County tornado warning extended to 7:45

Update 7:00

Knox County tornado warning has expired



Update 6:53

Tornado Warning: Blount, Loudon, Monroe & McMinn county until 7:15




Update 6:18

Residents can call (423) 337-9011 for inquiries to whether a friend or family member is staying at a Tellico Plains shelter.

TVA says 11 transmission lines were out due to storms in Southeast Tennessee and North Alabama. One of those lines has been restored, but 10 remain out of service.

They say more than 57,000 customers are experiencing outages in North Alabama, Western Kentucky and Southeast Tennessee.

Update 6:03

Knox and Anderson counties are under a tornado warning

As far as we know, the Brad Paisley concert and the circus are both still happening as scheduled.


Update 5:37

Robert Ramsey, shelter operations manager for Red Cross, says Tellico Plains is planning to open a shelter at Tellico Plains High School for people whose homes have been destroyed. It will be open overnight. Tellico Plains Jr. High School is now open as an evacuation center for people who need to wait out the storms.

He says 10-15 people have had their homes damaged or destroyed to the point where they need a new place to stay.

Update 4:21

McMinn Sheriff Joe Guy says five to six homes have been destroyed near HWY 411 south of Etowah, between Etowah and Delano.

He said there are several injuries, and at least one small child has been injured. None of the injuries are life-threatening.

Some trees and power lines are down.

Update 3:25 p.m.

Monroe County EMA director Brian Turpin confirms five documented injuries, severe damage to downtown Tellico Plains.

Update 2:39 p.m.

Monroe County EMA director Brian Turpin confirms some sort of wind damage in Tellico Plains, several homes destroyed, one injury confirmed so far.  Tellico Plains Junior High Cafeteria and Gym are now open as shelters.

Fort Loudon Electric reports 1,100 outages.

Update 2:34 p.m.

Tornado Watch for area now extended until 9 p.m.

Update 2:18 p.m.

A viewer in Tellico Plains reports seeing a twister move through the town.  She says that there is minimal damage in the main part of town.  However further up the road there is a lot of debris.  A tornado has not been confirmed however.

Update 2:08 p.m.

Monroe County EMA director Brian Turpin confirms some sort of wind damage in Tellico Plains, several homes destroyed, one injury confirmed so far.

The Bradley County EMA reports damage in northern Bradley County.

Update 2:00 p.m.

Just reported - possible tornado touchdown in the Tellico Plains areaUpdate 1:51 p.m.

According to Grainger EMA, storm shelters have been activated at Bean Station Elementary, Rutledge Middle Schools and Washburn High School.

Update 1:49 p.m.

Greenback, Tellico Plains, Vonore, all need to take action with this strong storm. It is moving quickly towards your area.

Update 1:44 p.m.

Tornado warnings for Knox, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Sevier until 2:15pm EST.

Update 1:35 p.m.

Tornado Warning for McMinn counties, near Etowah, Madisonville, & Tellico Plains. Storm showing large hail.

Update 1:26 p.m.

Tornado Warning for McMinn county until 2 pm.

Update 1:21 p.m.

Tornado warning issued for Knox and Sevier Counties until 1:45 p.m.

Update 1:03 p.m.

McMinn county Tornado Warning until 1:15pm

Update 12:50 p.m.

East Tennessee and Kentucky residents are bracing for another round of severe weather as a storm moves in that is being blamed for a possible tornado in Alabama.

Several counties are under tornado watches and warnings.  For the latest updates follow @WBIRWeather on Twitter or watch the latest weather forecast here.

Tennessee and Kentucky schools are also closing early for a complete list of schools affected click here.

Alabama hit by possible tornado

The Associated Press is reporting that emergency management officials in northern Alabama say houses have been destroyed by what they describe as a tornado.

There was no immediate word on any injuries Friday. But the Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Office says ambulances are responding to neighborhoods near Huntsville.

Thousands of Alabama schoolchildren are getting out of class early because the threat of tornadoes and other severe weather across the northern half of the state.

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A tornado watch has been issued for much of East Tennessee until 4 p.m. Friday.

Fentress County Schools are closing at noon due to the chance of severe weather.  Grainger County schools are closing at 1:00 p.m.  Cumberland County is closing at 12:30 p.m.

For a complete list of school closings click here.

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East Tennessee may see another round of severe weather Friday.

10News Meteorologist Mike Witcher says a strong area of low pressure and cold front will be moving in through the day and night.  That will spark off strong to severe storms across our region.  Isolated tornadoes, large hail and damaging wind is possible with any storm.

On Wednesday tornadoes hit Middle Tennessee and parts of East Tennessee. 

Click here for Mike's full forecast.

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